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Joyce van der Laan Smith

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Business Programs

Associate Professor of Accounting

  • Profile

    Joyce van der Laan Smith is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs and Associate Professor of Accounting at the Robins School of Business (RSB) at the University of Richmond. She received a Ph.D. from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. Joyce’s research examines how financial reporting influences and is influenced by institutional and cultural factors. Her work appears in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, The International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Management StudiesJournal of International Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, and Issues in Accounting Education, among others. Joyce is a CPA and worked for many years in public accounting and corporate accounting prior to returning to school to earn a Ph.D.

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    • Awards

      International Education Faculty Award, Office of International Education, Recognition of contributions to the internationalization of the University.

    • Presentations

      Joyce frequently presents her research work at conferences sponsored by the American Accounting Association and the European Accounting Association. 

    • Memberships

      American Accounting Association


      American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


      European Accounting Association


      Strategic Management Society

    • Certifications

      Certified Public Accountant, State of Florida

    • Institutional Service

      Associate Editor Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation (2017 – present).

      RSB Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs (2018 – present).

      Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee (2021- present).

      University of Richmond Faculty Senate (2016 – 2018) serving as Chair of the Committee on Committees 2017 – 2018.

      Various other University, School, and Department committees.

  • Selected Publications
    Journal Articles

    Rajib Hasan, Marshall Geiger, Abdullah Kumas, and Joyce van der Laan Smith (2021), “Information Search in Times of Market Uncertainty: An Examination of Aggregate and Disaggregate Uncertainty.” International Journal of Managerial Finance. ABDC A https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMF-05-2020-0230 

    Daniel Paik, Byunghwan Lee, Joyce van der Laan Smith and Sung Wook Yoon (2020), “Are leases substitutes or complements to debt? Insights from an analysis of debt covenants.” Review of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 19 (3), pp. 339-361. ABDC B

    Rajib Hasan, Abdullah Kumas, and Joyce van der Laan Smith (2018), “Market ambiguity and individual investor information demand.” Journal of Contemporary Accounting & Economics, Vol. 14, pp. 126-141.  ABDC A

    Keejae Hong, Daniel Paik, and Joyce van der Laan Smith (2018), “Long-lived asset impairment under U.S. GAAP and IFRS.”  The Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, Vol.31, pp. 74-89. ABDC B

    Jeff Harrison and Joyce van der Laan Smith (2015), “Responsible accounting for stakeholders.”  Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 52 (7), pp. 935-960. ABDC A*

    Byunghwan Lee, Daniel Gyung Paik, Joyce van der Laan Smith, and Sung Wook Yoon (2015), “The relation between accounting information in debt covenants and operating leases.”  Accounting Horizons, Vol. 29 (4), pp.969-996. ABDC A

    Joyce van der Laan Smith, Andrea Gouldman, and Rasoul Tondkar (2014), “Does the adoption of IFRS affect corporate social disclosure in annual reports?” Advances in International Accounting, Vol. 30, pp. 402-412. ABDC A

    Joyce van der Laan Smith (2013), “Understanding foreign exchange risk:  An instructional simulation exercise,” Issues in Accounting Education, Vol.28 (1), pp. 181-195.  ABDC A

    Marshall Geiger and Joyce van der Laan Smith (2010), “The effect of institutional and cultural factors on the perceptions of earnings management,” Journal of International Accounting Research, Vol. 9 (2), pp. 21-43. ABDC A

    Songlan Peng and Joyce van der Laan Smith (2010), “Chinese GAAP and IFRS: An analysis of the convergence process” Journal of International Accounting, Auditing, and Taxation Vol. 19 (1), pp. 16-34.  ABDC B

    Joyce van der Laan Smith, R. Tondkar, Robert Andrews, and Ajay Adhikari (2010), “The Impact of Corporate Social Disclosure on Investment Behavior: A Cross-National Study,” Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 29 (2), pp. 177-192. ABDC A

    Songlan Peng, R. Tondkar, Joyce van der Laan Smith, and David Harless (2008), “Does Convergence of Accounting Standards Lead to Convergence of Accounting Practices?  A Study from China,” The International Journal of Accounting, Vol. 43, pp. 448-468.   ABDC A

    Joyce van der Laan Smith and Roxanne Spindle (2007), “The Impact of Group Formation in a Cooperative Learning Environment,” Journal of Accounting Education, Vol. 25, pp. 153-167. ABDC B

    Joyce van der Laan Smith, Ajay Adhikari, and R. Tondkar (2005), “Exploring Differences in Social Disclosures Internationally: A Stakeholder Perspective, “Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Vol. 24, pp. 123-151.  ABDC A

    R. H. Tondkar, Wendy W. Achilles and Joyce van der Laan Smith (2005), Transfer Pricing Practices and Regulatory Actions in the United States and United Kingdom: A Cross-country Comparison and Analysis,” Advances in International Accounting, Vol. 18, pp. 199-217. ABDC A